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Learn about the watershed council and their restoration work along Whychus Creek.
Staff from the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council will give a presentation about the work done by a watershed council and the types of programs and services they provide to Central Oregon. Presenters will give a brief overview of their restoration, monitoring and education programs and also share some of the highlights and stories about specific projects completed in recent years along Whychus Creek that flows through the community of Sisters, Oregon.
Since 1996, the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council (UDWC) has worked to protect and restore the 2,000,000-acre upper Deschutes River watershed through collaborative projects in watershed restoration, monitoring and education. With local support from landowners, ranchers, environmental interests, local citizens, and representatives from local governments and agencies, we lead collaborative projects to improve watershed conditions.
Kris Knight, Executive Director: Kris has spent 20 years working in the field of natural resources on issues related to rivers and watersheds. Kris started working for UDWC in 2019 and before that worked in Washington, Iowa and Kansas. For 11 years, Kris worked for The Nature Conservancy with seven years living in the Skagit River Valley in Washington State, managing collaborative projects and finding common ground between conservation and agricultural interests in the Puget Sound region. Between 2015 and 2019, Kris worked in his home state of Kansas as the Conservation Director for The Nature Conservancy where he launched a new conservation program called Healthy Streams for Kansas and led the creation of the Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park. Kris holds a B.S. degree from Drake University and a M.S. degree in Environmental Science from Iowa State University. Kris met his wife Wendy while previously living in Central Oregon over 20 years ago and they are excited to be back in Central Oregon with their three young boys.
Mathias Perle, Restoration Program Manager: Mathias Perle is the Habitat Restoration Program Manager at the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council in Bend, OR where he, for the last 12 years, has been working on habitat restoration, fish passage and screening projects with basin partners both on public and private land. Mathias has a diverse project management background in environmental and water resource consulting and has spent the last 12 years concentrating on forming strong ties with Deschutes Basin stakeholders. On Whychus Creek, which is the focus of watershed scale restoration efforts to support salmon and steelhead reintroduction in Central Oregon, Mathias has worked on multiple dam removals and fish passage projects and on 6 miles of habitat restoration projects. Mathias holds a M.S. in Hydrologic Sciences and a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering both from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in Geology from the University of Delaware.
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